Dictionary.com Brings Offline Dictionary to iPad

Dictionary.com is a great website where you could find an alphabetical list of words with information about them. It helps you find the meanings and definitions of words. It is a virtual dictionary with great features which separates it from normal dictionaries. Thesaurus and Encyclopedia are also a part of Dictionary.com.

Dictionary.com is an Ask.com service. There is an iPad app of Dictionary.com available for download from the App Store. The best part of this app is that it can be used without being connected to the internet. You could use the dictionary and thesaurus offline. It has other great features such as Word of the Day, hear audio of a word and more. The iPad App is FREE and 43.3 MB in size as the dictionary could be accessed without the Internet. Though Internet connection is not required to access most of its features, but some features such as hearing audio and Word of the Day do require you to connect your iPad to the Internet.

The huge iPad screen is well utilized by the App. It has four tabs on the bottom – Dictionary, Thesaurus, Recent and Word of the Day. Recent displays some of the recent words you searched for. It has nearly 1,000,000 words in its dictionary and more than 90,000 synonyms and antonyms in its thesaurus. For some words, it incorporates the word origin and history. It uses the iPad accelerometer perfectly; if you shake your iPad, it would show you the definition and meaning of a random word.

It is a simple app presented in a stunning user interface.

iPhone OS 4.0 Brings Multitasking to iPhone

This feature was awaited by every iPhone, iPod touch and even iPad user. Multitasking is now supported with iPhone OS 4.0. During the event, Apple Chief Executive, Steve Jobs mentioned seven tent pole features of iPhone OS 4.0, the very important being, Multitasking. Multitasking drains out the phones battery but who else other than Apple is out with a new way which would try to avoid those setbacks and present multitasking in a new and dynamic UI.

Run multiple Apps such as Mail, Plants vs Zombies , eBay and YouTube simultaneously. Now, if you need to jump from your Mail to Plants vs Zombies, you could double tap the home button and the apps would pop up from the bottom. You would view the icon of all those apps running. Tap on the desired app and you would simply jump to the app. Apple did not use the MultiFl0w interface and provides multitasking in an efficient manner.

You could now run Pandora while surfing the web via Safari. The music won’t stop playing and you could still use Safari. Continue your call on Skype while searching for great restaurants nearby or playing a game. Upload multiple pictures to Flickr and in the meantime play your favorite game.

iPhone OS 4.0 would currently be available as a developer version.

How to Browse the Web the iPad Way Without the iPad

iPad has registered mixed reactions from users. Those who didn’t get an iPad for some reason, here’s how you could emulate it on your PC/Mac using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and make your browser feel as if you were surfing the web from your iPad.

To do this, you need to change your default User Agent. When a user agent operates, it typically identifies itself, its application type, operating system, software vendor, or software revision, by submitting a characteristic identification string to its operating peer. If you are on Mozilla Firefox,  download the “User Agent Switcher” addon.

After downloading the addon, goto Tools >> Default User Agent >> Edit User Agent >> New User Agent, then paste the following code in the user agent bar

Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; U; CPU OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B334b Safari/531.21.10

Now you could browse the web the iPad way without happening to own one.

If you are on Google Chrome, you could try using the User Agent Switcher for Chrome Extension or manually change the user agent.

Future Check for Apple on the Rungs of Performance Recognition

If  “Think Differently” was the mission of Apple and the mandate of Steve from his Board, it is a job well done by him and his organization. Apple is undoubtedly the recognized leader of innovative technologies in the mobile devices space and Steve, the crowned king. What Sony did to the world with the Walkman sometime back, has been done today by Apple. The world is at Apple’s feet and is asking for an encore.

Business, however, recognizes innovation only if it is commercialized in form of a new product. A new product is given accolades and aplomb, only if it captures the market. The market share has the winning streak, if the margins are good. And the investors would be happy and recognize the performance of the business if the profits get translated into an impressive market capitalization.

Having released the iPhone and the iPad, Apple has convincingly moved up the ladder of performance recognition by a rung. In terms of the market share, which is the second rung, the facts need a scrutiny.

Thus, for the mobile devices space, its iPhone market share has to be compared with that of Nokia, RIM and others. If the frame of reference are the smart phones and if its market share increases steadily over Nokia and Blackberry, Motorola, HTC, Samsung, LG and others, then it will have the going good for itself.

And for the iPad, which is supposed to change the game, just in the same way as the iPod did to Sony’s Walkman, it would have to replace the laptop and the net books. In doing so, it will capture the business from Intel and Microsoft too.

We are witnessing an increase in the sale of iPhones and from the zero base the iPad is also expected to stoop to conquer. But perhaps the time has come for Apple to look at the complete market space and not only at the niche markets to establish its overall dominance. There is so much money to be earned from the complete market rather than only through the niche ones. If making money too for the investors by a larger measure from the entire market space is Apple’s aspiration, then it is time for it to think differently.

iPad – It all started with $499

For most of us the iPad started at $499 and ended at $999. The ‘WiFi only’ version with 16GB of space was for $499 but the compelling apps and accessories made it worth $999.

Apps

iPad apps are too costly when compared to the iPhone. Gone are the days when Apps used to be worth $0.99. These days, Apps are heavily priced ranging from $3.99 to $19.99. Some apps require subscription which need $17.99.

I got SoundHound for $4.99 which is an instant search and music discovery app.

Then I chose Asphalt 5 HD over F1 which took me another $6.99. Scrabble, The Elements, Brushes and Plants vs Zombies HD added another $43.96.

Accessories

Apple has put up some great accessories to choose from for the iPad. Those Accessories are actually necessities needed for complete optimization of your iPad.

1. Keyboard Dock – Helps you connect your Apple Wireless keyboard with your iPad via Bluetooth so that you could work as on a laptop. This was absolutely essential and added $69.00 to my cart,

2. Camera Connector – Allows you to connect your Camera to your iPad and transfer pictures from it. then you could share those transferred pictures online, directly from your iPad. So this added $29.00 to my list.

3. iPad Case – Prevention is always better than cure and going by this proverb I chose to pick up this Case. This case helps you protect your iPad and even acts as a stand for reading books, watching movies and playing slide shows of your pictures. I know that there is already a rush of iPad cases over the Internet but this one looked pretty neat with the Apple Logo in the center. This costs me $39.00.

4. iPad 10W USB Power Adapter – I am always hooked up to either my desktop or laptop and charging my iPad by them would be a wise decision. Another $29.00 would of course make no difference.

Apple Care Protection Plan

I knew that I was going to use this device extensively and I must opt for the Apple Care Protection Plan. Opting for it would extend my technical support and hardware coverage for two years from the original purchase date of my iPad. I could ask questions and get advice directly from Apple experts. Repair and replacement service of the iPad and even its accessories is covered under this plan. This will dent my pocket by $99.00.

MobileMe

The iPad is a content creation and consumption device and creating content would surely require a place from where I could access it from anywhere. I could even share photos on the go and put them together in an album. I wanted my iPad, iPhone and MacBook to be interconnected and this would help me achieve my goal. I chose the Family Pack while purchasing my iPad which gave me an instant $30 off. So adding this to my list was another $119.00.

At the end, when I proceeded to the cart, I was stunned to see my total amount nearing to $999.00. Oh My God, I guess this was the case with most of you. At the end of the day, I could only say that “It all started with $499”.

Mama Mia.

iPad Specific Apps

Apple has put up a page on their website dedicated to Apps available on the iPad. They have 11 featured Apps and have even posted videos about how the apps function and appear.

According to Apple, Apps for the iPad would be something which you haven’t seen or touched before and with every passing day more and more apps are added to the App Store which make your relationship with the device even more stronger. If you have got your iPad, head over to the App Store and check them out.

The list of Apps include :-

I specifically like the Asphalt 5 App due to the graphics it offers and Epicurious would be good for Mom’s .There is even a new section under the iPad Page known as – ” Apps for iPad”. These apps look really very promising and would differentiate the iPad further more from the iPhone.

“The Elements” App is a creative and a unique idea. It features all the elements in the periodic table and puts them together in an interesting manner. The large screen display with IPS technology truly makes the iPad a revelation.

iPad Apps hit the App Store

The App Store now has iPad Apps too. Many of the Apps are now optimized for both the iPad and iPhone, which means that they would work on both the iPhone and the iPad. Some get a completely new design whereas the rest would be usable by the zoom in feature the iPad has. Many of the Apps you own would probably get an update which would include no fixes, no new features but just they would be optimized for the iPad and would have a whole new look on the iPad. The iTunes Store has now sections for screen-shots – iPhone and iPad.

The iPhone section would show you the screenshots of the app on the iPhone while the iPad section would show you the screenshot of the app on the iPad. Those apps compatible with the iPhone and the iPad would bear a signature underneath the icon which would say ” This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad ” . After downloading the update when you get to the Apps bar in iTunes it would have two sections – iPod touch, iPhone and iPad apps and iPhone and iPod touch apps. Some apps which would be iPad specific like iBooks would be categorized under a new section named iPad apps.

Download your favorite Apps and save time on Saturday.

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Apple uploads iPad Guided Tours

Apple has recently uploaded a few iPad Guided Tours. You could enjoy a guided tour of all the iPad features including Mail, Photos, iPod, iBooks etc.Out of all working with iBooks looks pretty awesome and the elegant screen makes watching videos so much better. In total there are 11 guided tours which Apple has put up.

A new “Guided Tours” tab has been added to the iPad Navigation Section and the videos give the user a great perspective of the iPad which he/she was unable to get from the Keynote. Digg deep into every iPad feature and decide whether to get one or not.

iTunes Update brings iPad Support

Apple released iTunes version 9.1 yesterday which brings in iPad compatibility and support for iBooks. This update enhances iTunes, provides new features and fixes some issues.

Now iTunes is compatible with your forthcoming iPad and supports iBooks.The applications bar which was earlier termed as “Applications” was renamed to “Apps”. It even gives users the ability to rearrange, remove or rename Genius mixes. Seven vulnerabilities in iTunes were patched by this update.

Major features include:

• Sync with iPad to enjoy your favorite music, movies, TV shows, books and more on the go
• Organize and sync books you’ve downloaded from iBooks on iPad or added to your iTunes library
• Rename, rearrange, or remove Genius Mixes.

Though the update makes iTunes better but it still feels as the same old bloated music management software.

Update :

1. A new “Books” bar has been added which could be viewed while navigating your iPod     touch/iPhone.It could be used to sync audiobooks.

2. An option of converting higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC is now available.